Nomadic Wood (Looking) – 游木（目） Philip F. Yuan 袁烽 Nomadic Wood (Looking) is a reflection of the dynamic human perception in contemporary city, with the development of digital technology.
The installation is composed of spirally staggered and curved wooden components. Each component functions as a twisted “digital periscope”. Both ends of the wooden component are installed with a screen and a camera. Through one of the screens, the visitor is able to see the scene of the exhibition space captured by the camera at the other end. Meanwhile, the visitor and her surrounding will also be recorded by a camera and transmitted to another screen to be viewed by other visitors. Here, the digital information flow replaces the real senses, and becomes a new medium, through which human perceptions could be extended across time and space.
Meanwhile, with robotic timber construction technology, each component of the installation is fabricated with three-dimensional curvature to simulate the digital information flow. The curved wooden space stimulates real bodily behaviors such as sitting and crossing, and cultivates dynamic social interactions among the visitors. This construction technology breaks through the traditional linear fabrication method of wood material. By using curved laminated timber technology to shape the raw material, and then by using robotic band saw to cut the material in three-dimensional space, it realizes the high-efficient and precise numerical control of free-form wooden construction, presenting the potentiality of robotic technology in shaping contemporary living environment.
Extending the real senses with digital technology, while using actual material to simulate virtual information flow in return, the installation provides the spatial experience of both “dwelling” and “nomadic”, offering the visitors an opportunity to rethink their perceptions in contemporary urban life.
Credits: Philip Yuan 袁烽
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